Rebecca Thomas is in early talks to direct Universal and Working Title’s “The Little Mermaid,” the live-action film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, with Chloe Grace Moretz attached to star.
Richard Curtis is on board to pen the script.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce.
The Andersen story focuses on a mermaid who wished to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning. It’s currently unclear how closely the latest adaptation will follow the original story.
Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for Universal.
Thomas replaces Sofia Coppola, who was attached to direct but fell off the project due to creative differences with the studio.
Thomas is also currently attached to direct John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” at Paramount. The Green adaptation has yet to cast its lead, so it’s not clear whether “Looking for Alaska” or “Little Mermaid” will start shooting first.
Thomas also helmed “Electrick Children” starring Billy Zane. She is repped by CAA, Principato-Young Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
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The Wrap first reported the news.